By George Francisco-Ribeiro, Tamale
As part of efforts by the Military High Command to ameliorate accommodation challenges bedeviling the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), a sod cutting ceremony for the construction of a four-storey building apartment and a dormitory block for the Air Force Base, in Tamale, has been held.
Group Captain (Gp Capt) David Akrong – Base Commander, Tamale, speaking at the ceremony, on Wednesday October 2, 2019, described the project as significant, in fulfilling the vision of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) – Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Frank Hanson, to provide suitable accommodation for Air Force personnel, in order to further boost the morale of troops.
Gp Capt Akrong said the project would reduce the accommodation shortfalls at the base and also curb instances of personnel living outside the barracks, due to unavailability of suitable accommodations.
This Air Force accommodation project, is expected to last for 18 months and, plans have been advanced to equally provide other decent accommodations for officers, to increase output among personnel, Gp Capt Akrong added.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC), Northern Command (N/COMD) and the Garrison Commander – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Moses Mohammed Aryee, addressing the gathering, said that the project was one of many lined up by the Military High Command, to be executed to curb the accommodation challenges facing GAF.
General Aryee further entreated military personnel and residents of the barracks, to develop the culture of maintenance, in order for structures built to last long, advocating beautification of the environment, through planting of grass and flowers in the barracks.
The 4-Storey 2 Dormitory 12×2 bedroom apartment block, to be constructed by ROCKSAM GLOBAL LTD, when completed, will accommodate 120 airmen and women, the ground floor would house two dormitories, which can accommodate up to 72 young airmen and women, as a short term accommodation measure.
From the first-floor up to the third, would be 12 bedroom and can serve as married quarters and accommodate up to 48 young airmen and women.